When people ask me which NFL team is most in need of a redesign, the answer I’ve been giving for years has been the Cardinals. And now, according to the gambling website Compare.bet, it’s finally happening, with the new look to be revealed later this month during the run-up to the NFL draft:
Your long national nightmare is over. The Cardinals will have new uniforms this season, multiple sources told me.
Official unveiling expected to be in the lead-up to the draft, which begins April 27.https://t.co/UwnCD7jysN
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) April 5, 2023
The article linked from that tweet provides no additional details but repeats that multiple sources have confirmed the new uni set.
The Cardinals’ last redesign was in 2005. The makeover included a slight adjustment to their primary logo and a ruinously bad uniform set that looked awful from the get-go and looks even worse 18 years later. By now you know all the problems — the laughably bad pants piping, the weird black trim on the sleeves and collar, the awful side panels, the incongruity of an old-school grey facemask on an otherwise newfangled uniform, and all the rest.
I’m pretty sure they’ll address all of that. The only question is what they’ll replace it with. (You can see the franchise’s entire uniform history, dating back to its days in St. Louis and Chicago, here.)
Some fans had read the tea leaves on this one by noticing that Cardinals and Panthers jerseys were recently discounted on the NFL’s online shop, which is often an indication that new uniforms are in the pipeline. Now that the new Cardinals set appears to have been confirmed, that lends credence to the notion that the Panthers will have new uniforms this year as well. I don’t have any inside info on that, but I suspect we’ll be hearing more soon — stay tuned. (If you have info you’d like to share, feel free to contact me here.)
(My thanks to Josh Pearlman for bringing the Compare.bet report to my attention.)